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kev88
09-30-2008, 09:34 AM
I searced and found some info, but was wondering if anyone has a proven recipe for decal removal - 2008 X-2 - I knicked some of mine and may replace or remove altogether.

Thanks.

djhuff
09-30-2008, 09:39 AM
Heat gun makes it much easier to get them off. All of the little pieces of sticker on the 08 boats will take some time. I would heat it up, then use a plastic spoon or knife to get under the sticker to start.

I'm hoping they change the design before I get a new one.

kev88
09-30-2008, 09:57 AM
Thanks - I am thinking of removing all except the large Mastercraft decal - never been wild about the rest. If I do this what is the downside or I should say how could I screw it up?

coz
09-30-2008, 10:01 AM
3M Decal Remover Kit
http://site.mawebcenters.com/signsplusbanners/_images//B313-Decal-Remover.jpg
These 4" discs remove decals and vinyl fast. Does not hurt painted surfaces. Includes adapter to attach to drill. For use up to 4000 RPM max.
Code: B313Kit
Price: $34.50

Roonie's
09-30-2008, 10:12 AM
I'm hoping they change the design before I get a new one.

I agree with that...... not a fan of the new decals. Even asked dealer if I could possibly order one without the decals. Will wait until they change.

flipper
09-30-2008, 10:40 AM
3M Decal Remover Kit
http://site.mawebcenters.com/signsplusbanners/_images//B313-Decal-Remover.jpg
These 4" discs remove decals and vinyl fast. Does not hurt painted surfaces. Includes adapter to attach to drill. For use up to 4000 RPM max.
Code: B313Kit
Price: $34.50

I have one similar to this one, works great. Doesn't leave a sticky mess like a heat gun will. Do be careful, as it will leave burn marks in the gel coat if you sit in one spot too long. They can be buffed out easily though.

Muttley
09-30-2008, 11:44 AM
Be gentle with the heat gun. The idea is not to strip it like paint, but to just heat up the decal. Don't worry about the glue. You get that off later. Do NOT use a razor blade or anything metal.

You can use GooGone or Goof Off to remove the glue. If there's a sign shop nearby, get some Rapid Remover.

Personally, I wouldn't use any kind of power tool. I know the body shops use them, but usually they repaint. Just your fingernail and a heat gun at a distance.

Mike
Vital Signs Ltd.
Surrey, BC

TMCNo1
09-30-2008, 11:59 AM
Most auto paint supply store carry plastic/nylon single and double edge razor blades that will not cut into the gelcoat, but will get under the vinyl to lift it off once heated by a heat gun on low heat.
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cmw
09-30-2008, 12:03 PM
I did mine last week and applied the decals last night. Heat gun made it easy and did not leave any glue. Pinstripes were a different story, but this was not on a newer boat.

coz
09-30-2008, 12:15 PM
Just your fingernail and a heat gun at a distance.

Mike
Vital Signs Ltd.
Surrey, BC

That would be kind warm using your fingernail, go with an old credit card it wont scratch and you won't burn your fingers.

kev88
09-30-2008, 04:28 PM
Thanks for the responses. I like the idea of the 3M disk becuase it seems a little easier - any other known downsides to it?

TMCNo1
09-30-2008, 05:10 PM
3M Decal Remover Kit
http://site.mawebcenters.com/signsplusbanners/_images//B313-Decal-Remover.jpg
These 4" discs remove decals and vinyl fast. Does not hurt painted surfaces. Includes adapter to attach to drill. For use up to 4000 RPM max.
Code: B313Kit
Price: $34.50


There are several eraser decal removal kits on the market, here one too, 40821

brucemac
09-30-2008, 06:37 PM
hey not to hi-jack, but quick question on decal removal. my boat's white and surely since it's over 5 years old now has got to have some pretty big contrast in coloration behind the decals versus what's not covered by them. would i ever be able to make that 100% not noticeable if i went to a smaller decal? my X-2 graphic is pretty big. i was condiering going to the simple "MasterCraft" larger decal on the sides, but it's obviously considerably smaller and i'd be exposing a lot of the original gel that was covered by the graphics. i'd hate to pull of what i've got and not be able to match it all up color-wise. also considering those larger decals aren't cheap, i'd hate to have to shell out the cash to replace them after going to all that trouble. any thoughts on that?

JohnE
09-30-2008, 08:29 PM
I hate the decals on my '08 X14. They are gone for sure this winter. I almost had the dealer change them when I took delivery, but was afraid I might grow to like them. I haven't...

jwroblew
10-01-2008, 10:16 AM
.... my boat's white and surely since it's over 5 years old now has got to have some pretty big contrast in coloration behind the decals versus what's not covered by them. would i ever be able to make that 100% not noticeable if i went to a smaller decal?

That's what I want to know as well, if you buff the whole side out will it blend in?

Wake2wake
12-21-2008, 06:30 PM
curious if anyone has an answer to the white boat question. I am considering removing the old decals since they are getting pretty rough, but am wondering if there will be a huge contrast even after buffing the whole thing.

Justjoe
12-21-2008, 07:12 PM
With an 08 id imagine that you dont have enough change going on in the color to make any significant difference. I pulled the stickers off my 07 X2 this fall and replaced with the large Mastercraft (looks pretty good, I think).

Use a hair dryer to warm the sticker. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT USING THE SPINNING DISK THING, IT'S OVERKILL. Warm the sticker, catch an edge and puuuuuullllll. You'll get big pieces off if its a little warm (not hot).

east tx skier
12-21-2008, 07:16 PM
Heat gun makes it much easier to get them off. All of the little pieces of sticker on the 08 boats will take some time. I would heat it up, then use a plastic spoon or knife to get under the sticker to start.

I'm hoping they change the design before I get a new one.

Keep the heat gun on low and keep it moving. Get a corner up and pull it with your hands. If it starts to stretch too much, cut the heat and let it cool for a second. Then start again. That way, it won't rip and you'll get it done quicker. I took all the decals and pin striping off my boat last winter and though it's a long process, it's relatively easy.

ProTour X9
12-21-2008, 07:25 PM
Why does everyone hate the new decals??

Justjoe
12-21-2008, 07:28 PM
I had the X2 switch graphics, and they were gey. Printed bolts in the stickers?? Come on!

atlfootr
12-21-2008, 10:03 PM
I searched and found some info, but was wondering if anyone has a proven recipe for decal removal - 2008 X-2 - I nicked some of mine and may replace or remove altogether.
Whatever you do ... be sure to take some pictures before / during and after the decal removal process.
Because as you may or may not know ....

Muttley
12-22-2008, 11:58 AM
hey not to hi-jack, but quick question on decal removal. my boat's white and surely since it's over 5 years old now has got to have some pretty big contrast in coloration behind the decals versus what's not covered by them. would i ever be able to make that 100% not noticeable if i went to a smaller decal? my X-2 graphic is pretty big. i was condiering going to the simple "MasterCraft" larger decal on the sides, but it's obviously considerably smaller and i'd be exposing a lot of the original gel that was covered by the graphics. i'd hate to pull of what i've got and not be able to match it all up color-wise. also considering those larger decals aren't cheap, i'd hate to have to shell out the cash to replace them after going to all that trouble. any thoughts on that?

What happens is that the decals actually protect the gelcoat. When you remove the decal, the white "ghost" remains.

Getting rid of the ghost depends on how bad your boat has discoloured over the years. You can get it almost gone with a wetsand and a polish, but you might still wind up with a slight ghost.

The good news is that it will eventually discolour and wind up the same colour as the rest of the boat after a year or so.

Justjoe
12-26-2008, 07:31 PM
This is the X2 with the big ol x removed, the Mastercraft added. I later put domed registration numbers that match the MC font (kinda).

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